Confidence in elections is paramount to our system of self-government. Those we elect have an obligation to work together to build security and transparency in those elections.
Today, both parties are largely failing that test.
After the 2020 election, President Trump’s falsehoods about a “stolen election” set the stage for him to agitate a crowd that gathered on Jan. 6 to “fight like hell” or “you’re not going to have a country anymore.” At least several hundred demonstrators took those words seriously and broke into the U.S. Capitol intent on disrupting certification of electoral votes.
Remarkably, after justly criticizing Trump’s rhetoric, Democrats are now copying his playbook. They claim future elections won’t be legitimate unless Democrats pass radical legislation to usurp state control of elections and concentrate still more power in Washington – epicenter of dysfunctional government.
As their public support collapses, President Biden, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats proclaim that if Republicans win in 2022, “it could be the last election.” (more…)